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936 Pennies: Discovering the Joy of Intentional Parenting

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Make the Most of Your Time with Your Children

On the day of their baby dedication, Eryn and her husband were given a jar of 936 pennies. The jar contained a penny for every week they would raise their child until graduation, and they were instructed to remove one penny each Sunday as a reminder, placing it into another jar as an investment.

At some point every parent realiz
Paperback, 256 pages
Published February 6th 2018 by Bethany House Publishers
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Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2018
I somehow found Erin Lynum on Twitter a few years ago, and I specifically remember clicking through to her blog and reading her post about receiving a jar of 936 pennies as she dedicated her baby at her church. The 936 pennies represented the weeks she would have with her baby from birth until their 18th birthday. In that post she challenged moms to make sure they were spending their 936 pennies well. That idea stuck with me, so when I saw this book, I knew exactly who had written it and I snagg ...more
Lydia Howe
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Why I Choose This Book:

I try not to choose books solely on the cover, but goodness, folks! This is one of my favorite book covers ever. The colors, the design, the fonts, the title, all of it comes together perfectly.

Plus, as y'all know I like parenting books - even though I don't have any kids. There are several reasons for this, the main one being that I really enjoy the thought processes behind how and why parents parent the way they do, and the other is I figure the knowledge will be helpf
Stephanie  Bishop
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is a must. It brought to light the fact that I only have about 936 weeks of parenting before I send my son out into the world. And though the days can be long, these weeks feel so short. Especially when I see them as a round number. 936 weeks- that’s it?

Eryn had the same realization, and she decided that she needed to be intentional about the short amount of weeks that she got to pour into her children, and she has helped me to see where I need to make some changes in my parenting in t
Amy Juett
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love that the book is not just a bunch of “Stop wasting time. Be more intentional. You are messing up.” Rather it is a breath of encouragement straight to the heart as Eryn talks about ways to amplify the time we are given, redeem time we have been previously wasting, preserve time as it passes, and many more ways to make the most of the time we have been given.

As Eryn says on the last page, “Legacies are made today. And that is exactly what we do have; today. These jars are never meant to evo
Morgan Tyree
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Parenting is such a privilege. 936 Pennies is an inspiring and encouraging read that convicted me to live more in the moment and get outside more!
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I love the idea of the 936 pennies but I love the remembrance of intentional living! The ideas are easy...get outside, less screens, laugh, hold hands, remember moments and be spontaneous, etc...and this book feels like it would be super impactful even in the ease!
Jennifer Buczynski
Jan 31, 2019 rated it liked it
This book wasn’t what I thought it would be. I mostly skimmed the last half. I was looking for fun ideas of things to do with my kids— not lessons on parenting! It just wasn’t my style of book. I wanted more practical ideas and didn’t get them.
Chari Regina
Feb 08, 2020 rated it liked it
This book was moving, I loved the concept. When her children were dedicated at church, she was given a jar with 936 pennies representing the number of weeks we have with our kids until they are 18 years old.

I loved the idea. The book at times is a bit flighty and unrealistic for most moms. I think the most challenging things about this book is how poorly it is written. That is hard to overlook no matter how much you enjoy the content!

The publisher provided an ARC through Netgalley. I have volu
Jessie Clemence
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian-living
Clear, specific encouragement for moms who want to make the most of the time God has given them to raise their children.
Mar 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Parenting most days is easy, but often times we do mess up and fail, and feel like maybe we aren't doing it right or not enough, because we are not perfect and our culture often views parenting differently. Well I knew from the beginning I wanted to raise my children different, then what culture says. Eryn reminds you through her book, with practical advice, reminders, Scriptural references, and also her own journey how we can be intentional and why it matters!! She learned about 936 Pennies thr ...more
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When you start a new book, it’s a risky relationship. I hesitantly turn the first couple pages as I decide if this is my new best friend or if I’m going to hurry through it just to mark it off my list. Well 936 Pennies: Discovering the Joy of Intentional Parenting is my new best, best, best friend! Look at that! See all the dog-eared pages? (PS. why is it called dog-eared?) There were literally tons of quotes and thoughts I wanted to remember and be able to come back to. As I read through the pa ...more
Apr 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
A light parenting book written mostly in memoir fashion that focuses on redeeming time, being more present and intentional, taking more in, savouring every phase, being more joyful over your children, etc. It does not tackle discipline, hard problems, difficult children (her children seem so delightful and sweet, I wonder how much of that is due to her living these joy-promoting practices). I did feel that the idea of seizing time and making memories was too repetitive and tiresome, though... at ...more
Kacie Woodmansee
This book really challenged my thoughts on parenting and gave me the encouragement to make some changes to how I interact with my girls.

The author, Eryn Lynum, was given a jar of 936 pennies on the day of their baby dedication at church. Each of the 936 pennies represents one week out of the 18 years that child will hopefully live in their home. Each week, she would take one penny out as a reminder to use that time wisely. The purpose of the book, 936 Pennies, was to help parents see how to inve
Kathryn Williams
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wherever you are in your own parenting journey, “936 Pennies” graciously reminds us that each day, indeed every moment matters, and encourages us to invest well. Eryn Lynum writes with grace, humor and vulnerability sharing very personal parenting experiences and struggles -- and her own transparent trepidation upon receiving that first jar of 936 pennies.
Leaning into God’s word for wisdom and guidance, this book is filled with musings that apply to every season of parenthood and beyond. Lynum
Lindsey Zitzmann
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The idea Lynum presents is to take a jar and fill it with 936 pennies–one penny for each week of your child’s life from the time they were born until they reach age 18. Each week, we are to move one penny into a different jar to represent each week as it passes. This intentional act of transferring pennies lets us pause and reflect on how we invested our time with our children that week.
Lynum doesn’t just present us with lofty, sweet ideas that are impossible to attain. Rather, she shares the re
May 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was greatly encouraged by Eryn's book. She has a lot of really great thoughts and challenges to think through concerning parenting these precious gifts we have been given. I had not heard of the 936 pennies in the jar before to count the weeks from birth to age 18 yrs. I think it's a great way to remind myself every day of the short time I have these 3 children in my house. And like Eryn addresses, we aren't even guaranteed to have those 18 years. No matter how much time God gives us with thes ...more
Wendy Hoops
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
936 seems like a pretty big number until you start thinking about it as the weeks you have to spend with your children from birth to eighteen. Then, 936, seems like a pretty small number! I have loved reading this book! I may not be able to slow time down but I can make my time count! I encourage all young moms to put this book on your reading list. I love the idea of giving expectant couples a copy of this book and a jar of 936 pennies. I am thankful our children are still young enough that we ...more
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading Eryn Lynum’s new book 936 Pennies: Discovering the Joy of Intentional Parenting. Despite a busy schedule, I found myself truly enjoying Lynum’s conversational and personal way of describing what intentional parenting feels like and looks like to her. Describing a gift she received of 936 pennies that were meant to track the time she spent with her son between birth and 18 years, Lynum describes the feelings of trepidation and anticipation that came with the gift and the ...more
Melanie G.
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’d never given much thought to the actual number of weeks my children would be with me. As a mom of three boys in under three years, I felt like I had all the time in the world especially in those early days that seemed SO long. This book has been such a blessing to me. It reminds us that although we’re not promised those 936 weeks, the days, weeks and years will pass by quickly. The book suggests setting up “penny jars” as a visual of passing time starting off with an empty jar for a new baby ...more
Janine Kunz
Jul 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Based on a teaching moment in the author's and son's life, Lynums narrative here is based on the idea that there are 936 weeks in a child's 18 years for parents to "spend well." She talks both about that legacy of investment (the "spent" jar) and plans for investing well (the waiting pennies). I appreciated that she thoughtfully acknowledges that many parents don't get 936 weeks with their children. I also appreciated her chapter on fear and anxiety, addressing how faith plays a role in how pare ...more
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
First, let me say I just love the idea of handing someone a jar of 936 pennies the day their child is being dedicated. I have never heard this idea in my life until I read Eryn's book. I thought it was just the neatest thing. I am not a parent myself, but I have hope that I will be someday, but this book was incredible.
This book is a wonderful reminder that investing and being intentional with your children truly matters. This book is filled with personal experiences, struggles, humor, grace and
Kristina Wieners
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book has been revolutionary in parenting my three young boys right now. I am not a big reader and this is a book I actually finished! Eryn writes in a such a way that you know she has “been there, done that” and she speaks from experience with great stories, but not in a way where she claims to have it all figured out. She is very much with you in the process of parenting. Her book is relatable and relevant. One of my favorite quotes from the book is, “Many of us, myself included, have fall ...more
Beverly Jones
Mar 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
This sweet book will have you reading with a lump in your throat and tears in your eyes. The author received a special gift of a jar holding 936 penny for each week of her child's life from birth. As she removes a penny each week, she is reminded how fast time flies by and she learns to embrace and appreciate each moment.

This is such a beautifully written book. I love the author's poetic and emotional writing style. This really made me think about how important family is and how I
Susan Karsten
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Susan here, with my latest book review….This book is super-inspiring. The title concept refers to a jar the author received when her child was very young. The number 936 relates to the number of weeks in your child’s life from birth to eighteen years old.

The mom/parent takes one penny out every week and meditates, contemplates, and looks within, making sure to relish, maximize, and enjoy the parenting journey. Reading about this plan is fascinating and the author brings out many anecdotes to spa
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is an Amazing book by Eryn Lynum about emphasizing the importance of investing in my kids whom Lordwilling I will have 936weeks to invest in their lives! Each and every day, we as parents need to be intentional. Eryn’s style of writing is one that I loved... personal, stories, and ways to make it practical. Building a firm foundation on God and His Word. Making it a point to have fun, to laugh, to encourage, to ignore the “to-do” list in order to listen intently and love deeply! My prayer a ...more
Bible Gateway
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
How can a jar of 936 pennies transform our parenting? What can it teach us about making family time richer, not busier? When we practice “counting time,” as David penned in Psalm 90:12, “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom,” God begins to bring new life to our home and family.

Bible Gateway interviewed Eryn Lynum (@ErynLynum) about her book, 936 Pennies: Discovering the Joy of Intentional Parenting (Bethany House, 2018). Read our interview with Eryn here: https://www.b
Cindy Richardson
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Poignant, practical and powerful. Weaving scriptural truths into her parenting experience, Eryn’s story will encourage and challenge you to live a life of holy intention. Intentional parenting not only brings joy, but helps brings into focus God’s purposes to raise up a generation that know and love him. Every chapter is infused with inspiration to change one thing at a time so that the priceless and fleeting gift of childhood turns into treasured memories; inspiring the next generation to follo ...more
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Jun 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-first
Just imagine the idea and the significance of these 936 pennies! One jar full of 936 pennies, one penny for each weekend until your newborn child will graduate. The concept is to move one penny to a different jar every Sunday. This book was encouraging and motivational. It really made me think about children, the importance of them, and the shortness of childhood. It is full of words that will make you nod your head in agreement or perhaps give you new, wonderful ideas you can use with your own ...more
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
After reading the first few chapters of this book, I was inspired to smile more, play more, and get outside with my kids more. I had to buy my own copy because there were so many things that I wanted to underline and remember. I love Eryn's passion to remind people to invest their time with their kids, not just watch it pass by. And this was done in a way to inspire, not instill guilt. A very good read, I would definitely recommend this book to any parent! ...more
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love Eryn's artistic style of writing. She has a way of melding stories and lessons together into a beautiful portrait that is inspiring to read. This book will motivate you to find ways to treasure your time with your children. Although my family is very different than hers her message of intention in our parenting is powerful. ...more
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Eryn Lynum is a speaker and the author of 936 Pennies: Discovering the Joy of Intentional Parenting (Bethany House Publishers, 2018). Eryn has been featured on Focus On The Family, FamilyLife, Proverbs 31 Ministries’ Encouragement for Today and COMPEL training, Guideposts, Her View from Home, For Every Mom, Bible Gateway, Simply Wholehearted, and Eryn shares as a keynote speaker a ...more

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